Welcome to my inaugural piece, ladies and gents. I hope that you stick it out and keep on reading. This column will, for the most part, be dedicated to healthy and inexpensive cooking. However, for my first piece, I am making something that most web loving folks have seen and the initial reactions of a couple of photos were pretty great. I present to you… Bacon Sushi.
I was inspired by the below video, and decide to make it *mostly* the same as the video – with a couple of changes.
This recipe makes 2 “sushi” rolls.
- 1lb extra lean ground beef
- 1lb bacon (roughly 14 strips)
- 200 grams of cheese (Jalapeno Havarti) **buy this in a brick as opposed to slices or pre-shredded**
- 1 cup BBQ sauce (this is your preference, I will show you how I made mine down below)
- 1 serving (21) crushed Doritos (or other crunchy bits as you so choose)
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Chili Powder
Set the the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit so that it can preheat then start the steps).
- Put the ground beef in a mixing bowl and add spices.
- Slice the cheese into long sticks.
- Take some plastic wrap and lay it out on a cutting board.
- Lay out strips as indicated below. I made it 2 ways: One matched the video, and the other was done as shown with a weaved piece (you’ll see why in a couple of steps).
- Press a thin layer of meat onto the bacon, a little bit at a time. You want to add about half of the bacon.
- Place cheese along the bottom edge.
- Now we bake. Place the rolls on a rack and bake for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, take the rolls out and glaze with the your BBQ sauce. Turn the rolls over and glaze both sides.
- Bake for 10 more minutes and glaze again.
- Turn the oven to broil and crisp up that bacon, 7 minutes per side (glaze again when you turn them over).
- Pull them out of the oven let them cool for about 3 minutes.
- Place them in a cutting board or large plate.
- Cover in your crunchy bits.
- Cut with a sharp knife to desired portion sizes. I went with about an inch thick.
Some people may get mad at me for this, but I never tell anyone how much spice to add. Think about it this way: you want this meat to taste like a meatball. Add the spices that you like, enjoy that shit. If you don’t like paprika, don’t add it.
If you want to buy extra, I do suggest trying a bacon weave as opposed to just laying the strips. It will increase your cook time, but you will end up with more structure. To do this properly, you will need a second package of bacon.
If you used the method shown in the photo, as you roll it up, fold the bacon over top. This will help to keep the cheese in.
Serve with salad or steamed veggies. 🙂
To make the Habanero Amaretto BBQ sauce:
- 1 cup Tequila Lime Habanero BBQ Sauce
- 2 oz Amaretto
- 1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Mix these all together over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Let the sauce reduce for 15-20 minutes to bring the flavours together.
I do spend a lot of time watching what I eat nowadays, and I wanted to know what I was getting myself into. So I did the math on calorie contents for this meal. I counted the entire cup of BBQ sauce and all of the chips (1/2 of the crushed Doritos and sauce were left over) since they were prescribed, as well as full math on what my homemade sauce contained as well. If you don’t care about the calories, you don’t need to read any farther here today. This is something that I will be including in everything that I write about going forward.
656 grams of extra lean ground beef – 1180 calories
454 grams of bacon – 1190 calories
200 grams of Jalapeno Havarti cheese – 800 calories
BBQ sauce – 675 calories
1 cup Tequila Lime Habanero BBQ sauce – 400 calories
1/3 cup Balsamic vinagar – 55 calories
2 oz Amaretto – 220 calories
21 Sweet Chili Heat Doritos – 260 calories
Total Calories – 4105 calories
12 portions @ 109 grams
342 calories each
I do know that the caloric values of some things change when you cook them, specifically alcohols and vinegars, so the sauce may not be right but it’s much better than not counting the sauce at all. Given the numbers that we have up there, serve this with 2 cups of steamed broccoli and you have a 400 calorie meal that tastes amazing. Would you want to eat it every day? God no. But having something like this at a small gathering of friends really wont hurt you in the long run. Just don’t eat all of it.
David Alberto is a Contributing Editor for aybonline.com. You can often find him making people cry in Counter-Strike. Roll percentile dice to see if his opinions change, your chances are slim.